How to navigate the Brent Spence Bridge as project enters Phase Two

New lane closures ahead for Brent Spence Bridge
Posted at 7:12 AM, Jul 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-24 07:40:05-04

Watch 9 On Your Side Anchor Kathrine Nero chat with Betty Hull, spokeswoman for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, and Nathan Fields, lead inspector working on the project in the video player above.

CINCINNATI -- Just when we almost got used to lane closures on the Brent Spence Bridge, they're switching things up on us as the $10 million maintenance project moves into Phase Two on Monday morning.

During the second phase, the two outside lanes will be open on the upper and lower decks. The center lanes will be closed. Traffic won't be able to change lanes.

Drivers need to plan ahead and be in the correct lane before getting onto the bridge. That's especially important for anyone using exits in downtown Cincinnati or Covington (click or tap to download larger image):

Lane closures and exits on upper deck (southbound)

Lane closures and exits on lower deck (northbound)

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Four ramps will remain closed for the entirety of the project:

  • To I-71/I-75 southbound from Fort Washington Way (Cincinnati)
  • To I-71/I-75 southbound from Third Street (Cincinnati)
  • Fourth Street ramp to I-71/I-75 north (Covington)
  • Exit ramp from I-71/I-75 southbound to Erlanger/KY 236, exit 184 (Erlanger)

The 60-day maintenance project includes concrete resurfacing, repairs to some of the steel work, and upgrades to the drainage and lighting systems. Funding comes from Ohio and Kentucky. Crews haven't done this kind of work since the late 1990s, officials said.